Channel One News December 21, 2009 SCRIPT Copenhagen Climate Deal Headlines Senate Health Care Reform Bill Winter Storm Hits Northeast Facebook Privacy Changes Pay It Forward [JUSTIN] HEY, GUYS. JUSTIN FINCH HERE ON THIS MONDAY, DECEMBER 21-ST. TODAY, WE'RE TAKING A LOOK AT THE CLIMATE DEAL WORLD LEADERS SIGNED OFF ON IN DENMARK. AND, THE LAST PLAY OF THE WEEK OF 20-09 IS COMING UP TOO. GET READY -- CHANNEL ONE NEWS STARTS. NOW! AFTER SOME TWO WEEKS OF TALKS IN COPENHAGEN, DENMARK, THE WORLD HAS A CLIMATE DEAL. IT'S A THREE-PAGE DOCUMENT CALLED THE COPENHAGEN ACCORD. IT'S NOT AN ENFORCEABLE LAW. INSTEAD IT'S REALLY A LIST OF GOALS THAT COUNTRIES WANT TO MEET. IT'S THE END RESULT OF DOWN-TO-THE-WIRE DEALMAKING BETWEEN THE NATIONS OF THE WORLD. we are ready to get this done today. But there has to be movement on all sides to recognize that it is better for us to act than to talk. PRESIDENT OBAMA'S POINTED SPEECH AT CHINA CAME AFTER *THIS* MEETING WITH THE CHINESE PREMIER. CHINA HAD STALLED NEGOTIATIONS BY REFUSING TO OPENLY SHARE INFORMATION ABOUT ITS EMISSIONS CUTS. THAT DIDN'T STOP PRESIDENT OBAMA FROM GATE- CRASHING A PRIVATE MEETING LATER BETWEEN China AND LEADERS from other countries. are you guys ready for me, or do you guys need to talk some more. It’s up to you. THE DRAMA DIDN'T END THERE AS PRESS SECRETARY ROBERT GIBBS HAD TO MANHANDLE THE AMERICAN REPORTERS INTO THE ROOM. no press no press hold on, I’ve got to get my american guys in, everybody else got in no no no. my guys get in just like your guys got in, this is a joint meeting, my guys get in or we are leaving the meeting THOSE WERE SOME TENSE MOMENTS AS THE CLIMATE CHANGE SUMMIT CAME TO A CLOSE. WE HAD A CHANCE TO TALK WITH CBS NEWS'S CHARLIE D'AGATA WHO WAS IN COPENHAGEN. Thank you Justin. At the end of 2 tough weeks of negotiations, we have something like an agreement. President Obama called it meaningful. and at its core it has an agreement between the united states and some of the biggest world's polluters. you've got China, India, and in addition to that developing nations like South Africa and brazil. They've all decided to put together a 30-billion dollar fund that will be given to poorer nations. And they are going to give transparency between one another to try to keep their own caps/emissions down. Now is this exactly what everybody wanted? Absolutely not. Is this a broad trade agreement with 190 countries on board? It isn't. and a lot of climate campaigners say they haven't gone far enough but it is a step forward certainly an agreement between the united states and the biggest polluters like China and India. WE ALSO ASKED HIM JUST HOW BIG THIS CLIMATE CHANGE SUMMIT WAS? Certainly the world has seen nothing like the scale of this global summit. 15,000 people involved, 192 world leaders including President Obama Including leaders from biggest countries in the world. And it's a testament to how important this issue of global warming has become and how it has become a pressing issue that so many countries are involved in, so many countries want to find a solution to. And that's why it's a little disappointing if we speak to some of the delegates here, they were hoping for further steps forward, positivity, something that could be enforced, something that was internationally accepted. so i don't think this was the end. it fell short of what many people were expecting, what many people were hoping but just the fact that so many people were gathered is an indication of how important this has become to world leaders, to the economy, to saving the plant, and to moving forward. so this is just the first step in what will probably be a much more accelerated attention toward global warming and what the world and the u.s., in our case, can do about it. [JUSTIN] THANKS CHARLIE. THE PRESIDENT CALLED THE PLAN TO LIST WHAT ACTIONS NATIONS WILL TAKE TO CUT GLOBAL WARMING POLLUTION A MEANINGFUL BREAKTHROUGH. BUT HE ALSO SAID RICH NATIONS LIKE THE U.S. AND POORER COUNTRIES HAVE VERY DIFFERENT POINTS OF VIEW, AND IN ORDER TO GO FORWARD, THEY HAVE TO OVERCOME THEIR DIFFERENCES. OKAY, COMING UP NEXT, JESSICA HAS THE DAY'S HEADLINES. [JESSICA] WE'RE GOING TO START OFF WITH A HUGE STORM THAT HIT THE EAST COAST OVER THE WEEKEND. IT STARTED WITH TORRENTIAL RAINS IN FLORIDA BUT AS IT HEADED NORTH THAT RAIN TURNED INTO SNOW. THE STORM STRANDED TRAVELERS, KNOCKED OUT ELECTRICTY AND BURIED THE EAST COAST UNDER MORE THAN 2 FEET OF SNOW IN SOME PLACES LIKE NEW JERSEY AND PENNSYLVANIA FOR SOME IT WAS A TIME TO HAVE FUN. BUT FOR THOSE IN RETAIL.THE TIMING WAS AWFUL Very nervous. The weather is terrible. As I said it's the biggest shopping day of the year for us. STORE OWNERS ARE HOPING AS THE SNOW MELTS SHOPPERS WILL COME OUT AND MAKE THOSE LAST MINUTE PURCHASES. DESPITE THE WEATHER, SENATORS HELD A SPECIAL SESSION OVER THE WEEKEND.AND DEMOCRATS SAY THEY NOW HAVE THE 60 VOTES THEY NEED TO PASS HEALTH CARE REFORM I intend to vote for cloture and vote for health care reform THE HOLD OUT WAS NEBRASKA SENATOR BEN NELSON, WHO AGREED TO VOTE YES AFTER DEMOCRATS REWORDED A BAN ON FEDERAL DOLLARS BEING USED TO PAY FOR ABORTIONS. THE BILL WOULD EXPAND HEALTH INSURANCE TO 31 MILLION AMERICANS, PROHIBIT INSURANCE COMPANIES FROM DENYING COVERAGE BECAUSE OF PRE EXISTING CONDITIONS OR DROPPING COVERAGE IF SOMEONE GETS SICK BUT IT DOES NOT INCLUDE THE CONTROVERSIAL PUBLIC OPTION, WHICH WOULD HAVE PROVIDED A HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN FROM THE GOVERNMENT NOW HOW WILL THIS BILL BE FUNDED? DEMOCRATS SAY IN PART BY CUTTING BACK ON MEDICARE, THE GOVERNMENT HEALTH INSURANCE FOR THOSE 65 AND OLDER. TAXING EXPENSIVE INSURANCE PLANS AND ADDING OTHER TAXES, LIKE A NEW ONE ON PEOPLE WHO USE TANNING SALONS THESE TAX HIKES ARE WHY REPUBLICANS ARE AGAINST THE BILL "this is a train wreck of historic proportions" THE SENATE HOPES TO VOTE ON THE BILL THIS WEEK. IT MUST STILL BE MERGED WITH THE HOUSE BILL BEFORE THE PRESIDENT CAN SIGN IT INTO LAW. AND FINALLY A LOT OF PEOPLE AREN'T HAPPY ABOUT THE PRIVACY CHANGES TO FACEBOOK. AT THE BEGINNING OF THE MONTH, FACEBOOK REQUIRED USERS TO REVIEW AND UPDATE THEIR PRIVACY SETTINGS. FACEBOOK USERS ARE NOW ABLE TO CUSTOMIZE OR SELECT A PRIVACY SETTING FOR EACH PIECE OF CONTENT. FOR EXAMPLE, USERS CAN CHOOSE IF THEY WANT "FRIENDS" "FRIENDS OF FRIENDS" OR "EVERYONE" TO SEE THEIR PHOTOS, POSTS OR STATUS UPDATES BUT IF YOU'RE OVER THE AGE OF 18, CHOOSING THE "EVERYONE" SETTING MEANS NOT JUST FACEBOOK USERS BUT EVERYONE ON THE INTERNET THE EXCEPTION IS FOR PEOPLE UNDER 18, THE "EVERYONE" SETTING SENDS INFORMATION TO FRIENDS OF FRIENDS STILL THE PRIVACY ADVOCACY GROUP "THE ELECTRONIC PRIVACY INFORMATION CENTER" OR EPIC FILED A COMPLAINT AGAINST FACEBOOK, AND IT'S ASKED THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION TO LOOK INTO THE CHANGES FACEBOOK SAYS IT'S ALREADY TALKED WITH GOVERNMENT REGULATORS AND IT'S DISAPPOINTED THAT EPIC IS REFUSING TO TALK TO WITH THEM DIRECTLY ACCORDING TO FACEBOOK, MORE THAN 350-MILLION PEOPLE ARE ACTIVE USERS, THAT'S MORE THAN THE POPULATION OF THE U-S. AND IF YOU'RE ONE OF THOSE USERS, REMEBER TO CHECK OUT OUR CHANNELONE FACEBOOK PAGE. NOW IT'S TIME FOR THE LAST PLAY OF THE WEEK IN 2009. THIS ONE TAKES US TO A FOOTBALL FIELD IN LOUISIANA FOR ANOTHER AMAZING PLAY. CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL LINES UP FOR A TWO POINT CONVERSION. QUARTERBACK WILL BRISCOE TAKES THE SNAP, FAKES THE HAND OFF, AND SENDS A BEHIND THE BACK PASS TO TEAMMATE, SHEDRICK DAVIS, IN THE ENDZONE! WE HAVE TO SEE THAT AGAIN! BRISCOE DROPS BACK, SPOTS HIS RECEIVER, AND LOBS THE BALL RIGHT IN TO HIS HANDS! CENTRAL WON, 58 TO 0. OF COURSE WE WANT TO SEE WHAT COOL THINGS YOUR SCHOOL'S ATHLETES ARE DOING THIS SCHOOL YEAR. SO GO TO "PLAY OF THE WEEK" ON CHANNELONE.COM AND UPLOAD YOUR BEST STUFF. [JUSTIN] HAVE YOU EVER HEARD THE EXPRESSION "PAY IT FORWARD?" IT'S WHEN SOMEONE DOES SOMETHING NICE FOR YOU AND THEN YOU PASS ON THAT ACT OF KINDNESS BY DOING SOMETHING NICE FOR SOMEONE ELSE.AND IT KEEPS GOING AND GOING. THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED IN ONE TEXAS TOWN. STEVEN FABIAN HAS THE STORY. [STEVEN] IT'S WHEN PEOPLE SPREAD KINDNESS TO OTHERS. AND THEN THE RECIPIENTS OF THAT KINDESS DO SOMETHING NICE FOR EVEN MORE PEOPLE, CREATING A RIPPLE EFFECT. CARTER HIGH SCHOOL IN SOUTH DALLAS, TEXAS DIDN'T ALWAYS HAVE A BASKETBALL LOCKER ROOM THIS NICE. IT USED TO BE DETERIORATING, OLD, AND CRAMPED. NOW IT LOOKS LIKE THIS: A FRESH COAT OF PAINT, NEW CARPET, STOOLS AND FLAT SCREEN TV'S. AND ALL THANKS TO AN UNLIKELY GROUP, ATHLETES FROM ONE OF THEIR RIVALS, HIGHLAND PARK HIGH SCHOOL IN NORTH DALLAS. I think it’s generous and kind-hearted to come and drive miles away from your school to ours and help us with the locker room, making it better. That's very nice of them. BUT RATHER THAN PAY HIGHLAND PARK BACK FOR THEIR GENEROSITY, THE PRINCIPAL OF CARTER HIGH SCHOOL DECIDED THEY WOULD PAY IT FORWARD. We want to make sure everybody has an opportunity to give if you have not. SO AFTER HIGHLAND PARK HIGH SCHOOL HELPED OUT CARTER HIGH SCHOOL, CARTER HIGH SCHOOL DECIDED TO HELP OUT TO PINKSTON HIGH AND LEND A HAND. TO ONE OF THEIR ATHLETES WHO WASN'T ABLE TO TAKE THE FIELD: 14- YEAR-OLD JARED WILLIAMS WHO WAS LEFT PARALYZED AFTER BEING INJURED IN A GAME. THE GOAL WAS TO RAISE 500 DOLLARS. AND STUDENTS PITCHED IN WHAT THEY COULD. Not a lot. Just a little. What I had today, a little of my lunch money. BUT EVERY BIT COUNTS AND AT THIS FOOTBALL CAME, CARTER'S PRINCIPAL PRESENTED JARED'S MOTHER, ARLENA WILLIAMS WITH A CHECK FOR 1200 DOLLARS. I said earlier that I was going to keep it together but it's so hard when so many people love you that don't even know anything about you. CARTER'S PRINCIPAL SAYS THIS IS ALL MORE THAN A GAME, IT'S REALITY. AND HE'S NOW CHALLENGING PINKSTON TO PAY IT FORWARD TO SOMEONE ELSE. STEVEN FABIAN, CHANNEL ONE NEWS. [JUSTIN] MAYBE THIS GIVES YOU SOME IDEAS TO PAY IT FORWARD. THAT'S OUR TIME FOR TODAY. I'M JUSTIN FINCH. WE'LL SEE YOU BACK HERE ON TUESDAY.